quotes from the beatles


One of the reasons The Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr) music has made such a lasting impression on the world is the wisdom found in the lyrics. They created catchy fun music, but the lyrics were inspiring and like poetry to the heart and soul.  Beatles music transcends age, class, gender and race. They always had a way with words and could easily convey the innermost feelings through songs.

Paul McCartney and John Lennon shared a sad connection of losing their mothers as teenagers.  This could possibly have been a driving force behind the pair.  McCartney told The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in September 2019 “We had a kind of bond that we both knew about that, we knew that feeling,”. “I never thought that it affected my music until years later. I certainly didn’t mean it to be. But it could be, you know those things can happen.”

Quotes from John Lennon

John Lennon

John Lennon will always be remembered as an enduring cultural icon.  He was obviously a talented singer song writer, but he was also an activist for love.  The man became an emblem of peace.  

Here are some of his most inspirational quotes taken from his song lyrics:

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.”

“Love is the answer and you know that for sure. Love is a flower You got to let it, you gotta let it grow”

“Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans”

“I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together”

“You may say I am a dreamer but I’m not the only one”

Peace Quotes John Lennon

After his massive success in the Beatles in 1971 he released his solo album “Imagine”.  Famously him and his wife, Yoko Ono invented a form of peace protest by staying in bed while being filmed and interviewed:

John Lennon And Yoko Ono in Bed - Peace

“Peace is not something you wish for; It’s something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away.”

“All we are saying is give peace a chance.”

“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.”

John Lennon Quotes about Life

John Lennon 1969

Some of John Lennon’s famous quotes about Life:

“I don’t believe in yesterday, by the way.”

“You don’t need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!”

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

“God is a concept by which we measure our pain”

“We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant…. You’ve got to keep watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.”

”I can’t wake you up. You can wake you up. I can’t cure you. You can cure you.”

“What we’ve got to do is keep hope alive. Because without it we’ll sink.”

“Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.”

“It’s better to fade away like an old soldier than to burn out.”

“Art is only a way of expressing pain.”

“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?”

John Lennon Famous Love Quotes

All You need is Love - Prague Wall

“All you need is love”

“Love is all you need”.

“We live in a world where we have to hide to make love, while violence is practiced in broad daylight.”

“If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that’s his problem. Love and peace are eternal.”

“We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.”

“It matters not who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love or how you love, it matters only that you love”.

“We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”

“Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.”

Quotes from Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney Answering Journalist Questions

Paul McCartney was born James Paul McCartney but today is known as Sir James Paul McCartney CH MBE.  After the Beatles split in 1970, Paul started his solo career and formed the band Wings with his first wife, Linda. Today McCartney is one of the most successful composers and performers of all time. 

“In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”

“When you were young, and your heart, was an open book. You used to say, live and let live.”

“Suddenly, I’m not half the man I used to be”

“But if this ever-changing world in which we’re living makes you give in and cry… Say live and let die.”

“Bright are the stars that shine, dark is the sky… I know this love of mine will never die. And I love her”

“But as for me, I still remember how it was before… and I am holding back the tears no more”

“And don’t you know that it’s just you, hey Jude, you’ll do / The movement you need is on your shoulder”

“You’d think that people would have had enough of silly love songs / I look around me and I see it isn’t so.”

“All the lonely people… Where do they all belong?”

“It was written that I would love you, from the moment I opened my eyes”

“Tomorrow may rain, so I’ll follow the sun”

“Changing my life with a wave of her hand”

“Take these broken wings and learn to fly”

“With life and all I’ve been through, I do have a belief in goodness, a good spirit. I think what people have done with religion is personified good and evil, so good’s become God with ‘o’ out, and evil’s become Devil with a ‘d’ added. That’s my theory of religion”

Funny Beatles Quotes

Beatles at press conference in London

Over the years the boys got plenty of stick with reporters around the world and they became well known for their one-liners.  The boys were very witty and sarcastic and gave clever answers to stupid questions. Over the years they became masters at answering interview questions. Some of the Beatles famous lines include:

Reporter: “You’ve got fame and fortune, if this were all to disappear overnight, and you were left with one thing you’d like to hang on to, what would that be?”
The Beatles in sync said: “The money,” 

Reporter: “[The Americans] think your haircuts are un-American,”
Lennon: “Well, that’s very observant of them, cause we aren’t American, actually,” 

Reporter: “How did you find America?”
Lennon: “Turned left at Greenland.”

Reporter: “Which one are you?”
Lennon: “I’m Eric.”

Reporter: “Has success changed your life?”
Harrison: “Yes.”

Reporter: “What the inspiration for “Eleanor Rigby”?
Lennon: “two queers.”

Reporter: “John, whats your favourite type of girl?”
Lennon: “My wife”.

Reporter: “George, whats your favourite type of girl?”
George: “John’s wife”.

Ringo Starr Quotes

Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr as we know him was actually born Richard Starkey but today he is a Sir with an MBE.  He was the drummer for the Beatles and a co-writer and singer.  Some Ringo Starr quotes are as follows:

“I feel the older I get, the more I’m learning to handle life. Being on this quest for a long time, it’s all about finding yourself.”

“I want to deal with what’s in front of me now to the best of my abilities, and sometimes that’s not very good. But a lot of the days it is really great.”

“I never studied anything, really. I didn’t study the drums. I joined bands and made all the mistakes onstage.”

“I don’t collect any memorabilia. I wish I’d have kept everything I had. But who knew you had to keep it. Just gave it away. And we lost so much and we didn’t look after a lot of it”

“I couldn’t put my finger on one reason why we broke up. It was time, and we were spreading out. They were spreading out more than I was. I would’ve stayed with the band.”

“People only look at me as a Beatle, but my friends look at me as a whole person. That’s how life works, but it’s not bugging me anymore.”

“The Beatles were just four guys that loved each other. That’s all they’ll ever be.”

“Everything government touches turns to crap.”

“Of course I’m ambitious. What’s wrong with that? Otherwise you sleep all day.”

“America: It’s like Britain, only with button”

“I was the new boy. It was like joining a new class at school where everybody knows everybody else but me”

“Do you remember when everyone began analyzing Beatles songs, I don’t think I ever understood what some of them were supposed to be about.”

Quotes from George Harrison

George Harrison

Some of the best George Harrison Quotes are below:

“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.”

“With our love, we could save the world. “

“All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much.“

“The Beatles saved the world from boredom. “

“I wanted to be successful, not famous. “

“I’ll give up this sort of touring madness certainly, but music-everything is based on music. No, I’ll never stop my music. “

As long as you hate, there will be people to hate. “

“Life goes on within you and without you. “

“As far as I’m concerned, there won’t be a Beatles reunion as long as John Lennon remains dead. “

“Try to realize it’s all within yourself no one else can make you change, and to see you’re only very small and life flows on within you and without you”

“I’m really quite simple. I plant flowers and watch them grow… I stay at home and watch the river flow.”

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